INDIGENOUS FIJIAN TEACHERS ASKED TO HELP EASE TOURISM INDUSTRY LAND CONFLICTS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 11, 1999 - PACNEWS)---The Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific has called on indigenous Fijian teachers to help in preventing land-related conflicts in the tourism industry.

Esekia Solofa has asked indigenous Fijian teachers to educate native villagers and landowners in Fiji about the importance of the tourism industry and why setting up roadblocks is not the way to resolve their grievances.

He said teachers have a very important role, not so much because Fiji's future is linked to the well being of its tourism industry but because the issue of law and order and security is fundamental to any society's ability to survive into the future.

Solofa was speaking at the opening of the Fijian Teachers Association's annual conference in Suva this morning.

Fiji's hotel industry has said recently that the industry's growth is being hampered by the increasing law and order problems in the country, and the growing number of land and fishing rights-related conflicts between property developers and landowners.

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